UC Berkeley students found a way to setup a whole system between Google Glass and various household appliances
How to control physical appliances through head-worn infrared targeting
Some experiments with the Google Glass gear show the future explorers how exactly to stare down appliances into submissions. Google Glass can’t complain from lack of applications when it comes to navigating, displaying real-time data and one from of augmented reality, however some UC Berkeley students decided to be more creative and went further with their Google Glass experiments. In fact, they managed to prove that the hi-tech gear can be actually helpful inside the house in case explorers chose to use it indoors. Has this got your attention already?
Now let’s see how this works. The group of students managed to utilize infrared tech with some additional components in order to setup a whole system between the eyewear and various household appliances. When such system is established, explorers can easily control these appliances with their eye gear via touch gestures.
I know, in theory it sounds way too complicated, but it’s actually simple. The whole setup features an IR emitter with a unique ID that has to be attached to the eye gear. The other component is a receiver with a micro-controller that has to be connected to all the appliances that the explorer wants to be part of the whole system. In order to verify the connection, the explorer would simply look at the receiver’s direction and when such connection is initiated, it would take some taps and swipes to confirm that the appliance is under the eye gear’s control.
The connection status can be indicated via LED lights in which case red means you’re out of range, steady blue means you’re in range and blinking blue indicated full connection.
Of course, this comes to one appliance, so when you chose to include more in the system, you’ll be able to choose which one exactly you’d like connect to.
See the theory in action in the video bellow.